Thursday, April 30, 2009

Hard at Work

My family has been asking me to send them some updated photos of the kids. I am terrible at actually getting around to it, so I thought I would compromise by posting a few recent picture of the kids on the blog. Here they are hard at work doing schoolwork. Well, they stopped for a few seconds to pose.

Passover Pictures

I know this is being posted really late, but I couldn't help it. I want to share the pictures of our passover meal. I had fun looking for gluten free recipes for this special meal. Up until Holy Thursday, I didn't know if I was actually going to pull this meal off. I am very spontaneous when it comes to planning feasts to celebrate. If I think I can pull off a great meal, then I do. If for some reason everything gets crazy, I never feel bad because I didn't put hours of preparation into planning. On the passover table:

Gluten Free Matzah crackers
Ashkenazic Apple-Nut Haroset
Honey Golden Chicken - Sabra Style
Horiatiki (Greek Villagers Salad)
Chocolate Chip Macaroons

All of these recipes were suggested on Jewish Gluten-Free websites. Unfortunately, I can't remember which ones. I do not claim to have had an authentic passover seder meal. Our meal was purely symbolic and was enjoyed at the coffee table in the living room watching Prince of Egypt.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Paddle to the Sea

By Bill Mason, 1966.
Based on Holling C. Holling's book of the same name, Paddle to the Sea

Go to the website to see more short films by Bill Mason.

Spring Please Come Back!

This is what I saw this morning when I looked out into our backyard. Can you believe that it was 20C on Monday and Tuesday? The buds on the cherry tree are just screaming to bloom. Please bring spring back to the prairies, I've had enough of winter (I am pretty sure that I am not alone with my opinion).

Monday, April 20, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook ~ April 20, 2009.

For Today...

Outside my window... it looks like it could rain.

I am thinking... about what our Christmas would have been like if only...

From the learning rooms... more of the same. Last week, we got all caught up and now we just need to keep on track and we will be done this school year in 8 weeks. We desperately need summer, we still have snow and long to be warmed by the sun.

I am thankful for... my loving husband, my wonderful kids and friends.

From the kitchen... leftovers from hubby's cooking yesterday.

I am wearing... pj's / sweats. I am still not 'really' dressed.

I am reading... one of Mother Theresa's books, but the title slipped my mind.

I am hoping... to heal and for my children and husband's healing as well.

I am creating... next year's school plans.

I am praying... for healing.

Around the house... carpet cleaning and window washing as soon as I have the strength.

One of my favorite things... falling asleep in my husband's arms.

A few plans for the rest of the week... getting through this week.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you... Spring '07 in Cologne, Germany

Visit Peggy's Blog for more Daybook entries.

Last Night A Saint Was Born

I have taken a long break in posting on this blog. During Lent, I wanted to stay silent. Easter, I wanted to shout for joy, but couldn't seem to find the right words. We had a wonderful Easter. On Holy Thursday, we found out that we were expecting our 4th child. We had been trying for over two years to have another child, to no avail. I think I was on some cloud and was proclaiming God's goodness. A strange chain of events have taken place since then. Everything took a turn for the worse this past Friday. I started spotting. Just a little blood, so no real worries. I have had this with all my pregnancies. I took it easy Friday and Saturday and thought everything would pass and the baby would be fine. Yesterday morning, I wasn't so sure anymore. There was a lot more blood and I was in pain. That could only mean one thing. I was losing the baby that we had all prayed about for so long. While the others went to church, I curled up on the couch with my little guy (he had been recovering from a stomach bug) and prayed the rosary. I thought and hoped that Mary's intercession would save our baby. After all, yesterday was Divine Mercy Sunday. He can't refuse her anything, can He? In the meantime, I spoke to family and friends whom we had extatically pronounced the good tiding to the weekend before. I learned that a lot of women bleed during pregnancy, but how could that help me. Nature was taking its course and I couldn't stop it. You can't stop the rain from falling, but God can. Can't He stop my pain and the bleeding. We hoped and prayed all day long. In the evening, I spoke to a friend I have known for 20 years. She told me that she had been praying for us the whole day. She also knew that there was little hope, but prayed that I could somehow catch the remains (if you know what I mean). She told me that I would have at least something to bury. I told her that would be great, but how? How would I know if it just wasn't some tissue etc.? Well, God works in mysterious ways and He is good. Before going to sleep, I went to the bathroom and that is when I delivered a Saint. I had just delivered my baby. I was in awe, fascination and disbelief. I rinsed it off and held it in my hand. And although it was an intricate web of tissue, in amoungst everything I saw my itsy, bitsy baby. Thankfully, the children were all in bed. We took our baby and burried it in our backyard. There is a statue of angels on the exact spot. As soon as the weather allows, we will plant a rose bush on the very spot. God is good. Even though it hard to deal with the loss, we got to hold our baby and bury it. The hurt will linger, but her memory will linger on. We have a saint in heaven looking down at us. Jesus' divine mercy, gave us that moment, that treasure and hope.

Jesus, we trust in you!!!
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